S.Africa's Massmart full-year sales jump 10.4 % - CNBC Africa

S.Africa's Massmart full-year sales jump 10.4 %

Southern Africa

by Reuters 0

Game is one of Massdiscounters that helped boost group's sales figures. PHOTOS: tygervalley

This result was reported as its consumer goods, liquor and home improvement supplies business posted better performance.

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Massmart, majority owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, however, said net interest paid from funding several property acquisitions in 2013-2014 led to a 10.2 percent drop in headline earnings.

Sales climbed to 78.2 billion rand (6.82 billion US dollars) for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 28.

Massdiscounters, which includes general merchandise discounter Game that operates in 11 African countries and high tech retailer, DionWired, with 23 stores, reported a 10.2 per cent increase in sales, the company said in a statement.

Industry wide retail sales in South Africa rose 3.4 per cent year-on-year in December, above market expectations and higher than a revised 2.5 per cent expansion in November.

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Massmart said expansion in sub-Saharan Africa was a "priority" and it planned to open 13 new stores but was concerned about the sales in South Africa and in oil revenue dependent countries such as Ghana and Nigeria where it operates.

"We remain concerned by the relatively fragile South African consumer economy and we are cautious about the impact of lower oil prices on those larger African countries with some dependency on oil revenues," the statement said.